Well the weather forecast was almost right again, dry all week with heavy rain at the weekend, but this time the rain arrived. We have had about an inch of rain since last night; you can almost see the grass grow! The river is not racing up but I see the Avon is rising and the main river has come up a few inches today, I would be more worried about turbidity rather than height stopping fishing tomorrow. The forecast is for the rain to continue overnight, with some sunshine on Monday afternoon. The next few days are then to be sunny periods with more rain forecast later in the week. The tides continue to build till Thursday; hopefully the big tides and fresh water will encourage a lot of fish to enter the river.
Catches. The Gordon Castle beats continue to fish well with thirty five plus fish for the week. There must have been a few around as retired gillie Jock Royan caught one on Tuesday! At Delfur the Fletcher party had around twenty for their week. Some were easier landed than others, on Friday in Hollenbush a fish managed to race downstream at the far side of the pool trapping the anglers line on the far side of the pointy rock, the situation was successfully brought to a happy conclusion when gillie Davie Macintosh launched the boat and managed to get across to the far side releasing the line from the rock. The twenty pounder had lost a bit of weight during the epic struggle and appeared to be closer to ten! As usual I have some photos to liven up the page.
Rothes could have had a good week but almost twice as many fish were lost as landed. At this point I must apologise to Alan Williams’ party, Alex Mitchell sent me some photos last Saturday but they somehow got lost in the ether, but he resent them and I can now add them a week late.
It was hard going at Craigellachie but the hard fishing Geordies managed four; Mike sent me these photos.
Wester Elchies continued to pick away with half a dozen.
Carron finished with seven, the boys from the Potteries, Richard Meigh and Tom Porter comprehensively out fishing the Weegies six to one!
Brian Shaw managed to catch a fish in Craigneisch on Saturday evening, this salmon giving a good account of itself on his seatrout tackle.
Grantown continued to fish well with thirteen salmon declared for the week, the largest of which was a 16 pounder caught at Tarric Mor on fly. The sea-trout fishing has been improving with at least 25 declared for the week. Some decent fish have been landed including one at 7 lbs, one at 6 lbs and one of 4 lbs. (Both figures excluding Saturday.)